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Blepharitis / Eyelash Extension Reaction/Lash Mites


Some people that have blepharitis/Demodex(lash mites) think they are having a minor allergic reaction to eyelash extensions. Then when they start proper cleansing of their lids and extensions, they discover that they are not at all, because the itchiness disappears very quickly!


Blepharitis/Demodex is a common problem amongst those who do not have good eyelid hygiene. It’s defined as ‘inflammation of the eyelid’ a condition that is annoying and irritating rather than dangerous. 


Basically, dead skin cells when not washed away properly can build up on the eyelids, and cause itchiness and inflammation. It can cause the eyes/eyelids to feel itchy, block the hair follicles, and they can even end up looking a bit red and sore. Then you end up itching your eyes and playing with you extensions (even in your sleep when you don’t even realize you’re doing it!) and they start to come off.

We have seen this occur with clients who are not washing their eyelids properly in order to get their extensions to last, but the reverse happens. When they start up a proper cleansing regimen, their eyes feel much better and their extensions last longer!

It is worse when one wears very thick/dense eyelash extensions, and then coats them in mascara (which we NEVER recommend) because as you can imagine, they are almost impossible to clean well.

It sounds absolutely horrid, but luckily it is easily treated/managed, and even more easily prevented, and the majority of people that suffer it can continue to wear eyelash extensions with no issues at all.

A second reason is that if you have an oily complexion, and/or also if you've been wearing makeup or moisturizer that does contain some amount of oil in it, some of this oil will end up on your eyelash extensions. If you never wash them, the oil remains there, building up, and slowly eating away at the eyelash adhesive. All eyelash adhesives are attacked by oil.

The less oily you let your eyelash extensions get generally the better your extensions will last.

Remember, being gentle is the key. 


At ULB we recommend all of our clients to clean their lashes daily with Steri -Lid.
For your convenient ask your stylist. *Same price as CVS, Walmart, Wallgreen.

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Los Gatos Eye Care-Instructions for eyelid cleansers
Dr. Bell and Renaldo show the proper procedure for using the eyelid cleanser, Sterilid, in the treatment of Meibomian Gland Disorder and/or blepharitis





















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Demodex Blepharitis - Is it for real?
Science-based lid hygiene. Easy to use. Doctor recommended. Daily lid hygiene is important for those with blephartis and dry eye, as well as those preparing for eye surgery. Finally, a convenient and effective way to cleanse the eyelids and eyelashes! That's it. Lid hygiene to maintain eyelid health has never been easier.

And SteriLid not only cleanses the eyelids and eyelashes, but also conditions the delicate skin around your eyes with its hypoallergenic, pH-matched-to-skin formula. Press the pump and Sterilid Cleanser foam is ready to use.

No mixing, no dilutions, no cotton tips, no pads. For years I recommended lid hygiene and massage to my patients for healthy eyelids, and then watched as they struggled with homemade mixtures and dilutions, fumbled with cotton tips and pads, and put up with stinging and burning. That's why I developed SteriLid. More effective, more comfortable, SteriLid works great whenever lid hygiene is recommended. Jeffrey P. Gilbard, MD.
Made in USA.